It is that time of the year again. Yes! Of course, it’s the busiest time of the year. And if you have survived the Christmas’s craziness then congratulations! But we all know there is still a lot of stress and excitement in the air. Many of us set resolutions in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, but now it’s time to see them through.
Picture yourself back in your final year in High School. All your relatives, all your parents’ friends, and all types of Sheldon Coopers are out there asking you this one irritating question: “What are you gonna do after High School?”. Can anyone relate, or it is just me? On top of already answering the question a million times and anticipating it a million more, the real stress comes from fearing whether or not you were actually going to accomplish what you told everyone.
The same fear applies for new year’s resolution.
The Truth about Resolutions
Many of us don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. Some call it a myth, and, for the rest of us, new year’s resolutions haven’t worked out in our favor. Many realists would suggest that a new year’s resolution is a momentary motivation which cools off when we face the reality of what life throws at us throughout the new year. Optimists, however, would encourage us to believe that it is only a matter of consistency, and the future will unveil what we hoped. Therefore, there is such a thing as a new year’s resolution, and if you have lost your faith in the new year’s resolution, let me be the one to restore it for you.
A new year’s resolution is transformative. It’s more than jotting bullet points on a piece of paper and sticking it on the wall. A new year’s resolution is far more significant than what we measure it to be. Ever heard of this slogan:
“Out with old and in with the new”
That’s what new year’s resolution stands for. That phrase has a bit to do with physical objects, but it’s mainly about attitude and life-changing goals. The significance of this life-changing goal or new year’s resolution lies in the persistence and consistency of one’s determination to change their life. A new year’s resolution has the potential to be a turning point for our lives.
For some people New year’s resolution can significantly be:
Reshaping your life’s business
Remodeling your lifestyle
Reshuffling and rearranging priorities
Renovating your life
Remolding what the previous year broke
Reworking on yourself
Renewing your mind
Changing your perspective
Exiting out of unnecessary clicks
Withdrawing certain individuals from your life.
A brand new you!
Let’s assume that some of the goals listed above might be in your new year’s resolution list in some form or fashion. You might be wondering how to accomplish them. Well, I’ve got three ideas to help you achieve all your goals.
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3 Ways to Conquer Your New Year’s Resolution
Having someone to hold you accountable to your new year’s resolution is the best way to go. Choose someone trustworthy, not necessarily your best friend, but someone who is reliable. This someone will hold you accountable to achieve your goals. This type of accountability also known as “Reminder Accountability.” The person you choose will continually remind you about goals you’ve set for yourself, and these reminders will help bring you back on track. You will be accountable to this person but even more so to yourself. They are there to run checkpoints for you and to make sure you are running in the right direction and not slacking off.
In the midst of unpleasant circumstances, accountability keeps us moving in the right direction. A relationship of accountability that’s built on encouragement and support will be sure to help you achieve your goals for the new year.
Persistence and perseverance
Everybody has goals. Some have the motivation to go after their goals, but only a few persist and persevere through thick and thin to achieve their goals. Many of us make new year’s resolutions as if it’s a wish list to Santa. I am sorry to spoil this but new year’s resolutions don’t magically come to pass; they are goals you need to work for and earn. The Genie and Santa have no business with your new year’s resolutions. You need to get up off the couch and work for those new year’s resolutions. Nobody will do it for you but you.
Your inner motivation to achieve these goals comes from the purpose and motive behind your goals. If you have a solid foundation for why you’re doing what you’re doing, it will be much easier to persist in the tougher moments. Persistence and perseverance keep the focus on the end goal instead of on what’s making it difficult to get there right this moment. If you believe in the goals you have set for yourself and persist in your efforts to see those things come to pass, you can accomplish anything.
Prayer and faith
I can’t teach you how to pray, but here is an equation that may help:
Prayer + Action x faith = New year’s resolution achieved.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26
Prayer and faith are the fuel we need to keep going. The truth is, our human power is limited. Sure, we can achieve all sorts of things on our own, but when we activate our faith, we get the power of God backing us up. With Him on our side, we will be able to reach places we never imagined. He gives meaning and purpose to our goals and resolutions. Go to Him in prayer this New Year. Make sure your resolutions line up with what His Word teaches and how the Holy Spirit is moving in your life. With God, all things become possible.
That ladies and gentlemen is how you beat new year’s resolution.